Learning Center


Platinum Design Competition

This year Johnson Matthey Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of platinum group metals, in cooperation with the Society of North American Goldsmiths inaugurated the annual “SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition.” Open to…

AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Winners Announced

People & Places AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Winners Announced Honoring excellence in colored gemstone jewelry design, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) recently announced the winners of its 2017 AGTA Spectrum and Cutting…

2017 Editors Choice Winners

International Jewellery London (IJL) recently announced the names of its three Editors’ Choice winners for 2017. Chosen for their creative and innovative designs, as well as commercial aptitude, all the pieces will be on display at IJL…

MJSA Custom Jeweler – Brenda Smith

An Uncustomary Request – Creative freedom and some unusual pearls helped create an award-winning necklace by Brenda Smith. Let’s say you are given 27 of the largest freshwater, cultured, round pearls in the world, and told that…

2017 MJSA Vision Awards Winners – Indepth

In the 1971 Film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, the title character invites Charlie (and us viewers) to “come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination.” While you won’t find any golden tickets or chocolate bars…

Cheuk Ying Kwan – Purposely Imperfect

Cheuk Ying Kwan Hong Kong Design Institute Hong Kong First Place, Future of the Industry Cheuk Ying Kwan, a student at the Hong Kong Design Institute, is on a roll. The year’s not over yet, and she’s already won two awards—a second runner-up…

Leo Fried and Nanz Aalund – Siege of Herons

  Leo Fried and Nanz Aalund Blue Heron Jewelry Co. Poulsbo, Washington Responsible Practices Distinction Nanz Aalund was looking for a way to thank Leo Fried, owner of Blue Heron Jewelry Co. in Poulsbo, Washington, for offering her a…

Ricardo Basta – Top Flight

Ricardo Basta Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry Los Angeles First Place, CAD/CAM Distinction Ricardo Basta believes in melding traditional jewelry-making techniques with the high precision of computer design. Both sides of the equation are…

Adam Neeley – Alluring Curves

Adam Neeley Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry Laguna Beach, California First Place, Laser Distinction Look back over the list of past Vision Award Laser Distinction winners and you’ll see that Adam Neeley’s name appears quite often. The…

Zoe Zong – Sky Is the Limit

Zoe Zong ZoeZong LLC McKinley, Texas First Place, Professional Design Excellence (1-3 Years in Business) “We’re born, but we make changes along the road of life, perfecting our lives again and again.” Custom jewelry…

Splendor Jewellery – A Labor of Love

Orsolya Ráski Nagy and Daniel Nagy Splendor Jewellery Budakeszi, Hungary First Place, Professional Excellence (4 or More Years in Business) “We saw the ring having a tangled, jungle-like effect while retaining balance and harmony.”

17th Annual Saul Bell Design Winners

Saul Bell Design Award Winners Named. Rio Grande honored the winners of its 17th annual Saul Bell Design Competition at an awards dinner held during the Santa Fe Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The following is a sampling of winning…

Danner Prize 2005: Competition for Arts and Crafts

The Danner Prize has existed for over two decades; it was organized for the eighth time in 2005. The arts and crafts prize is awarded every three years. It has established itself as an artistic event, recognized throughout Germany, although…

Metalsmith ’88 Winter: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1988 Winter issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Martha Glenny, Valerie Davidson, Brooke Baillie, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

25th Sterling Design Competition

This article features the 25th Sterling Design Competition held at Lever House, New York City on May 30-June 19, 1984. First Prize Winner, Mark E. Fortune, Teapot The 25th Sterling Design Competition, sponsored by the Sterling Silversmiths…

1984 SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition

For a jewelry design editor such as myself judging a competition such as the second annual “SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition” sponsored by Johnson Matthey was, in many ways, an extension of the daily quest for good design.…

1983 SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition

This year Johnson Matthey Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of platinum group metals, in cooperation with the Society of North American Goldsmiths inaugurated the annual “SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition”…

2009 AJDC New Talent Award

Jewelry artist Leila Tai was honored by the American Jewelry Design Council as the Grand Prize winner of its 2009 New Talent Award at a ceremony on Monday, July 27 at the JA New York Summer Show in the Javits Convention Center. Petals Ring The AJDC…

2013 MJSA Thinking Ahead Award – Mike Joyce

For the past 10 years, MJSA has recognized the technological advances and products that are making a difference in the jewelry industry today and as we move into the future. The honorees are selected with the guidance of the esteemed experts…

Award Winning Ring by Ryan Roberts

He just couldn’t help himself. When Ryan Roberts sat down to create a piece to showcase a 3.46 spessartite garnet cut by Stephen Avery, he started with the idea of making something a bit more understated and less expensive than his usual…

2005 Spectrum Awards Winners

The 2005 American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards competition concluded in October with 57 winners chosen from a field of 420 gemstone and jewelry entries. The Spectrum Awards competition encompasses two major awards: the…

Award Winning Cufflinks by Bill Holman

These cufflinks designed by Bill Holman were award winners in the AGTA 2004 Spectrum design competition. They are 18-karat yellow gold and feature Drusy agates with a 24-karat deposition layer over the exposed crystal formation. The small…

2005 AJM Innovation Awards

AJM Magazine has announced the winners of the second annual AJM Innovation Awards. These awards recognize technologies that are making a difference in the jewelry manufacturing industry today, and will continue to do so in the future.

Enter your email to access the Keum-Boo Guide for FREE!





Follow us on Facebook